Myhill set for Wales debut as one of nine Blue and Blacks selected for New Zealand clash

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Cardiff hooker Kirby Myhill is in line for a shock Wales debut after being named on the bench for the opening game of the autumn internationals against New Zealand on Saturday evening, 5.15pm kick-off.

The 29-year-old was only called up late to the squad after Elliot Dee was released back to the Dragons with a neck injury, and has now been parachuted on to the bench at the Principality Stadium after Ken Owens failed a fitness test and Ryan Elias was named in the starting XV.

He is joined by eight fellow members of the Cardiff squad in the Wales matchday 23, with the three starts coming in the backs where Tomos Williams gets the nod at scrum-half, and Owen Lane and Josh Adams will form the wing duo.

The others form a replacement bench packed with Blue and Blacks as Myhill is joined by Rhys Carre and Dillon Lewis as the front row options, Seb Davies will be asked to cover the back row, Rhys Priestland is set for a return to the test arena as the fly-half replacement and Ben Thomas will cover the outside backs.

Elsewhere in the Wales 23 there are returns for British & Irish Lions Wyn Jones, Adam Beard and Alun Wyn Jones, while an all-Dragons back row sees Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham and Aaron Wainwright form up. Tomas Francis completes the pack at tighthead prop.

In the backs, Gareth Anscombe makes a return to test match rugby at fly-half, Johnny Williams and Jonathan Davies form an all-Scarlets centre partnership, and Johnny McNicholl gets the nod at full-back. Completing the bench are Dragons lock Will Rowlands and Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies.

Wales: Johnny McNicholl, Owen Lane, Jonathan Davies, Johnny Williams, Josh Adams, Gareth Anscombe, Tomos Williams; Wyn Jones, Ryan Elias, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Ross Moriarty, Taine Basham, Aaron Wainwright

Replacements: Kirby Myhill, Rhys Carre, Dillon Lewis, Will Rowlands, Seb Davies, Gareth Davies, Rhys Priestland, Ben Thomas

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